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Something that looks easy… but isn’t

24 Aug

I volunteered to help my friend Genesis make a tshirt quilt. She’s about to move to California (SAD!), and wanted to do something with all her old softball, UM, and Apple tshirts she had lying around.

She asked if I could help… I said of course- but only if you come over and do the cutting with me. Because nobody likes cutting.

Turns out t-shirt quilts are harder to make than I expected. She confirmed with me that it would be more than acceptable if it wasn’t quite squared off, it was just meant to have something to cuddle on the couch

Nobody likes sewing knits to quilting fabric. Nobody, of course, but Charlotte.

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Jack’s Baby Quilt

22 Jun

I seem to be having loads of friends who are bringing new little ones into the world. The latest was baby Jack, and he was the lucky recipient of a new quilt for his birthday.

 

You will likely notice the repeat of a handful of fabrics from my previous quilts. What can I say- I like recycling. I found a diamond shaped ruler at JoAnn’s a few months ago, and have been waiting to use it for awhile. I like the way it turned out!

As a bit of a departure from my usual backing, I decided to make the most of all the scraps I had. I didn’t have quite enough to make the backing out of one fabric, but I thought it would be fun to piece some good, matching stuff together to make the back. Jack’s room is decorated in green and blue, with alligators, so I knew this would fit right in.

 

And I finished it off with one more shade of green. Baby Jack- I do hope you enjoy your new quilt!

I will say- one thing I learned from this quilt is that patterns like those circles don’t really lend themselves to easy quilting. It’s really a huge pain to keep a straight cut, no matter how careful you are with the ruler and rotary cutter. I do LOVE the way the fabric looks, but I’m going to keep that in mind for the future. I’ll need to buy a little extra fabric for stuff like that, or just skip that kind of print altogether.

Hm. Lessons learned, chapter one

1 Oct

So I figured that learning how to quilt would be quite a process. I was hoping I’d be able to make it through this first one without too many “oops” moments. But I just got to my first.

I made the mistake of buying all the fabric I needed upfront, before I got my full pattern and instructions. And I didn’t buy enough of the backing fabric. And I love the backing fabric… it’s this super cute umbrella fabric.

I’m not short by very much- probably 2 inches on one side and about 5 inches on the other side. There are two solutions I’ve come up with.

1- buy new backing fabric

2- fudge it and figure out a way to use it.

I’m going with option two. I LOVE the fabric- it’s really the whole inspiration behind the quilt in the first place, and I don’t want to replace it. It ties in perfectly with the front colors. And it’s adorable. So I’m going to fudge it and make it work. I actually bought all my fabric before getting the pattern, so I have a lot of extra of my front fabrics. Funny how things work, huh? So I’m going to do a little patchwork on the back. I found this as a fun inspiration, courtesy of Claire’s Chaotic Corner. Which is really funny, considering the baby I’m making this for is going to be named Claire. I consider that quite the coincidence 🙂

So- important lesson learned for quilting. Wait until you figure out what you’re going to be sewing before buying fabric willy-nilly